Whiplash by Tracey Farren … the movie coming soon to a theatre near you
Sadly some books live only a brief flare of a few months or a year and then are forgotten, but others keep on keeping on. I’m delighted that Whiplash is one of the latter. Published in 2008, as the first novel to come out of Modjaji Books, Meg Rickards (Director) is working on the movie of Whiplash. Jacky Lourens is the producer.
Whiplash was shortlisted for the 2009 Sunday Times Fiction prize and is still our best-selling title.
Whiplash made the cut and was selected to participate in the Durban Film Market:
A total of 113 submissions, comprising 31 documentaries and 82 features were received, out of which eight documentaries and 10 fiction projects were selected. A Reader Panel of African and international film professionals assessed these projects and made the selection based on a number of standard criteria. The directors and producers of these projects will have one-on-one meetings with potential investors and co-producers at the Finance Forum.
And received an award
The Produire au Sud – Festival des 3 Continents Nantes award went to two projects to enable them to attend the Produire au Sud (PAS) Script Studio at the festival: The Bill directed by Nosipho Dumisa, (co-produced by Travis Taute and Junaid Ahmed) (South Africa) and Whiplash, directed by Meg Rickards (and produced by Jacky Lourens) (South Africa).
Here is the description of the story of Whiplash on the Durban Film Market website. Especially for those who haven’t read Whiplash.
Producer: Jacky Lourens
Director: Meg Rickards
Company: Get The Picture
Country: South Africa
‘Adapted from Tracey Farren’s novel, Whiplash tells the story of wry, sassy Cape Town prostitute, Tess, who falls pregnant. When she abandons her daily ritual of popping pills, awful pictures from her past ambush her mind. But Tess does not allow herself to collapse. Instead, she learns – perhaps because of the baby in her belly – to connect with the people around her. The Congolese refugee next door treats her like a daughter. An impotent client shows her his heart. Tess finds sanctuary among strong women in a belly dance studio, and discovers she can dance up a storm. With new courage she tracks down her childhood friend, Dumi, who helps her to face the truth of her past. Jacky Lourens has 22 years production experience and was series producer for the SABC documentary, Unauthorised. Meg Rickards has written and directed short films and for television, and her miniseries and tele-feature Land of Thirst received international distribution. Singer Angelique Kidjo is attached to the project.’
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